Thomas Schneider is Professor of Egyptology and Near Eastern Studies at the University of British Columbia (Canada). He studied at the University of Zurich, the University of Basel and the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris, earning a Lizentiat (1990), a doctorate (1996), and a Habilitation (1999) in Egyptology at the University of Basel.
Prior to coming to the University of British Columbia in 2007, he was a Lecturer in Egyptology at the University of Zurich (2000-3), a Junior Research Professor of the Swiss National Science Foundation at the University of Basel (2001-5) and Professor and holder of the Chair in Egyptology at Swansea University, Wales (2005-8). He held Visiting Professorships at the University of Vienna (1999), the University of Heidelberg (2003-4) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2018). He was a Visiting Scholar at New York University (2006), the University of California, Berkeley (2012), as well as a Guest Lecturer at the Institute of Archaeology of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing (2016) and at Shanghai University (2018). From 2018-20, he was Associate Vice President (International) at the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen.
A leading scholar in Egyptology and Near Eastern Studies, Thomas Schneider has published widely (160 publications, among which 7 authored books and 7 edited books) on Egyptian interconnections with the Near East and North Africa, Egyptian history and chronology, language contact in ancient Egypt, and the history of Egyptology in Nazi Germany. He has served as a reviewer for many international research agencies, universities, international publishers and academic journals. He is the founding editor of the “Journal of Egyptian History” (2008-2014) and was the editor of “Culture and History of the Ancient Near East” (Brill, 2006-2013) and “Near Eastern Archaeology” (American Schools of Oriental Research, 2012-2018).